Periods. Ah periods. Rarely a month goes by when I don’t dread its arrival. And I’m pretty sure that most women (and some men) feel the same as I do. I grew up thinking it would be like the adverts on TV but while I don’t skydive when it’s my time of the month I have been programmed to have a fixed smile (more of a grimace) on my face and tell no one what’s happening.

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For a lot of people, they start working out to lose weight. January the first comes up and people want to be fitter, tone up, and (for me at least) lose belly fat. I have said many times that I started running because I was jealous of my sister. That’s not the complete truth. I wanted to lose belly fat – I actually wanted to lose it quite badly. However constantly weighing myself and pinching the fat around my waist because very demoralising and mentally crippling very quickly.

Eventually my reasoning for working out moved and changed from weight loss to something else. Put very simply it made me happy. The post sweat endorphin high is amazing for both body and mind.

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At the end of 2016 Beyond the Bathroom Scale’s Karen Oliver sent me a copy of her 12 Week Health, Fitness, and Wellness Planner. I was so excited to use this but when it arrived was actually terrified of getting started. So I put it off. Then I put it off a little more. Once 2017 started I gave myself a stern talking to and opened this beautiful planner.

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While I was in a very fancy gym recently I took advantage of their full body scan machines and decided to get myself checked out – just what is my metabolic age and bone density (things which until then I wasn’t sure I wanted to know)? But along with that it also told me what my visceral fat levels are and that got me thinking about what visceral fat. I know it’s bad and I am very glad that my levels were low but what exactly is it? And why is it so bad?

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‘I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream’ – do any of you remember that song? If you change the lyrics to ‘My Body, Your Body, We All Scream for Everybody’ then I think you have an epic alternate title to this post.

I want to write about Selfridges’ Everybody campaign (and especially their food hall) because I love the message this campaign sends – I have no illusions as to how exculpatory the wellness / fitness industry is both in terms of race and body type. Selfridges is doing something to try and rectify the latter and I am very appreciative of the end result.

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